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Hyde Park is a hard act to follow

The Hyde Park Hotel has solidified its reputation as a popular live entertainment venue with a win at the recent 1999 Australian Hotels Association Awards for Excellence.

The hotel has won the Best Live Entertainment Venue category five times in the State awards in recent years, in addition to two national wins.

Hyde Park Hotel manager Paul Higgins said he was dedicated to supporting the local live music scene.

“We make a point of billing a wide variety of acts to cater not only to popular tastes but to niche markets such as the alternative music scene,” Mr Higgins said.

“We have two bars playing live music seven nights a week. The bistro bar often has modern jazz and something for mature patrons, while the lounge bar attracts a lot of inner city regulars that are into grungey, alternative music.

“In terms of disparity among patrons, you couldn’t ask for a more mixed bag.”

Mr Higgins said local bands often had a hard time finding appropriate venues for their gigs.

The Rosemount stopped doing its garage band nights about a year ago.

“There isn’t a lot of choice. An independent act could play at the Greenwich, but the Grosvenor is about to be renovated into something completely different,” he said.

“Some of the acts don’t pull in a big crowd, but others do and that makes it worthwhile for us.

“You have to take a balanced view and just give them a go.”

Many local bands say the Hyde Park pays better than most other live entertainment venues.

“We always make an effort to pay bands as much as we can – they certainly deserve it,” Mr Higgins said.

“Some of them make excellent posters on their home computers and really go all out to promote their gig, which is great.”

The Hyde Park Hotel shared this year’s win in the best live entertainment venue category with Rendezvous Observation City’s The Lookout.

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